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Amid Ukraine conflict, a new LGBT refugee safe house

The Ukrainian LGBT support organization Insight has opened a shelter for LGBT people who have escaped from the conflict-plagued areas of eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Olena Shevchenko, executive director of Insight, said that the organization has opened the shelter in … Continue reading

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Anti-gay Russian lawmaker backs Ukraine rebels

Outspoken anti-gay Russian legislator Vitaly Milonov has accepted a role as  a representative of the breakaway self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, Agence France-Presse reports. Milonov has previously: Threatened the arrest of gay athletes and tourists at the recent … Continue reading

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Fairy tale banned by Lithuania ‘anti-propaganda’ law

The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights issued this press release today: Fairy tale banned under Lithuanian ‘anti-propaganda’ law Wednesday, the Lithuanian Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics concluded that a book containing fairy tales for children violates the … Continue reading

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Boycotters: UN defers to Russia as HIV deaths soar

In a harshly worded protest letter, 21 anti-AIDS groups announced they will boycott a key U.N.-cosponsored conference in Moscow because the U.N.’s anti-AIDS agency has accepted Russia’s exclusion of gays and others – a stance that has led to an … Continue reading

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LGBT Christians keep the faith in Eastern Europe, Central Asia

LGBT Christians are keeping the faith in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, despite huge challenges in many countries. They resolved to “support one another in prayers and to pray ‘for those who persecute us’ ” in a joint statement at … Continue reading

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U.N. rights office rejects anti-gay laws of Russia, Moldova

The human rights office of the United Nations has urged Russia to repeal its ban on “gay propaganda,” while also asking Moldova to repeal a similar law and advising Ukraine not to pass a nearly identical proposal. Such laws “form … Continue reading

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76+ painted faces protest 76+ countries’ anti-gay laws

British poet-activist Vince Laws has again turned a spotlight on the 76-plus countries where homosexuality is illegal, painting the faces of 85 volunteers with those countries’ names before an audience of about 200. His performance-art protest, called “Banned,” was presented … Continue reading

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Europe asks Russia, What about heterosexual propaganda?

“What about ‘propaganda of heterosexuality?’ ” asks a commission of European legal experts in their newly adopted opinion about legislation to ban so-called “propaganda of homosexuality,” which has been variously passed or is under consideration in Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. Nigel … Continue reading

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Call for police response to anti-gay attacks in Ukraine

After the generally peaceful Equality March on May 25, anti-gay forces have launched a series of attacks on LGBT activists and have threatened more violence. Two human rights group today urged Ukrainian authorities to investigate and put an end to … Continue reading

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Praise for police, organizers of first Kiev Pride Parade

This encouraging account of the first Pride Parade in Kiev, Ukraine, comes from Boris O. Dittrich, advocacy director of the LGBT program at Human Rights Watch: On Saturday May 25, 2013 the first Kiev Pride Parade took place. Some 75 … Continue reading

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